Breast augmentation is one of our most popularly requested procedures at Centre for Surgery in London. One of the most common treatment goals for our patients is in achieving natural-looking results with breast augmentation and not the “fake look”. If you’re keen to know what factors can make breasts look more “real” and less fake then read on to learn more.
It’s important to bear in mind that whether you choose breast implants or fat transfer to the breasts, all breasts are real. This includes patients who choose to have a breast lift or breast reduction. Although patients may be born with breasts of a particular shape or size, modern cosmetic surgery techniques allow patients to aim for an appearance that they find cosmetically appealing.
There are a number of factors that can improve the chances of an implant appearing more natural-looking. Our surgeons are renowned for performing breast augmentation surgery for natural-looking results. The following aspects are discussed at your consultation to optimally prepare for the procedure.
Can anyone tell that I have had a breast augmentation?
Many patients will often have a number of questions that they would like to ask at the consultation for a breast augmentation. One of the most common questions our surgeons get asked is whether anyone will be able to tell that you have had a breast augmentation. In other words, is it realistic for me to expect natural-looking results after breast enlargement surgery?.
At Centre for Surgery in London, our surgeons have many years of experience in performing breast augmentation for natural-looking results. Although it’s important to remember every patient is different and will have different expectations for what the treatment can achieve for them. Some patients may even prefer an overly “done” appearance which can often be achieved with very large breast implants. Ultimately it is up to you as to what you would like to achieve in order to instil in you that renewed sense of self-confidence.
The factors which are most commonly determine how are your breasts could look after surgery include:
Choosing the right Breast implant size
The most common way to determine whether a patient has had a breast augmentation procedure is often by the size of the breast implant chosen. For women who opt for significantly larger implants than what is recommended by their surgeon then they can expect a more dramatic looking result which may not necessarily be natural looking. In other words, it may not be in balance with the rest of their anatomy.
Choosing the right size of a breast implant is a key decision to make prior to breast augmentation surgery. Just because you choose a larger implant doesn’t necessarily mean your results will look less natural-looking.
There are many risks of choosing excessively large implants, in addition, to leading to an appearance that is less natural-looking. However, the choice is always yours and many patients deliberately seek out the “fake look” as that is in keeping with their treatment goals
Dynamic implant movement
Another method to determine whether a patient may have breast implants is by assessing the movement of the breasts. Breasts that do not have breast implants move in a characteristic way however the latest generation breast implants have developed to such an extent that it is now virtually impossible to assess whether a breast has an implant just from looking at the movements of the breast. This is certainly the case in expert hands and our surgeons spend a great deal of time in planning your procedure to get the most natural-looking results. The naturalness of implant movement is also linked to where the implant is positioned within the breast
Breast Implant placement
Where the surgeon places the implant during surgery is a key factor in deciding how natural breasts will appear following breast augmentation surgery. The placement of the implant above or below the muscle will determine the movement of the implant and how visible the implant may be beneath the skin to an observer.
Our surgeons are trained in both the under the muscle and over the muscle approaches. In addition, our surgeons have special expertise in subfascial breast augmentation which involves the positioning of the implant between the chest wall muscle and the tough fibrous tissue that envelopes the muscle which is also known as the fascia. Subfascial breast augmentation is a type of over the muscle breast implant insertion technique. This method of implant placement is known to give a very natural-looking result with natural movements of the breast.
Not every patient will be an ideal candidate for subfascial breast augmentation and your surgeon may recommend one of the other two approaches of which the “dual plane” approach is the most common and is also known as the ‘under the muscle’ approach.
Fat transfer breast augmentation
Although breast augmentation using implants is the most common method of breast augmentation surgery, our surgeons are also trained in fat transfer to the breasts for enhancement of breast volume without the risks of an implant-based approach.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer involves the removal of fat from unwanted areas of the body such as the stomach or thighs followed by purification of the fat cells and finally injection of the fat into targeted areas of the breasts for highly effective volume enhancement that is permanent in nature.
Compared with breast augmentation using implants, fat transfer to the breasts does not result in as significant a size increase of breast size. Fat transfer is however a completely natural method of breast augmentation as it uses your body’s own fat and can produce results that are more natural-looking compared with implant-based surgery. Fat transfer to breasts is hence also known as ‘natural breast augmentation’. Fat transfer can now be combined with breast implants in the same procedure to gain the key advantages of both techniques and is also referred to as hybrid breast augmentation. Breast fat transfer is a great technique to enhance breast cleavage.
Many patients may find that they are ideal candidates for a breast lift or mastopexy procedure and may not necessarily require significant volume enhancement. In these cases, a breast lift with auto augmentation could be an ideal treatment option. This procedure utilises your own breast tissue which is then used to improve the shape of the breast and enhance upper pole fullness. Breast auto augmentation is most commonly performed for women who would like to have their breast implants removed but would still like to maintain volume in the upper part of the breast.
Choosing the right type of breast augmentation for you
Your goals for treatment are prioritised first and foremost by your surgeon. Whether you want to achieve real-looking or fake-looking breasts, the main priority is that your confidence is restored which will help you to feel much better about yourself. We are proud to have some of the best surgeons in London for breast augmentation who are able to offer the full range of treatment options to help you achieve your goals.